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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City to implement shelter-in-place order

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt issued a shelter-in-place order Saturday for city residents. 


The order goes into effect 11:59 March 28 and lasts until April 16. Tulsa also issued a shelter-in-place order. 


“We want to leave no doubt with our residents that the safest course of action during this public health crisis is to stay home, unless you are engaged in an essential job, essential errand, or outdoor physical activity,” Holt said in a press release. 


There are exceptions, and police won’t stop people on the road, but a violation of the city order is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $750 fine, according to the release. 


This announcement comes days after Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a safer-at-home order, which specifically required the elderly and other at-risk groups to stay home except for essential errands. 


Holt said there were concerns Stitt's order wasn't as effective as possible. 


“Our legal teams in Tulsa and Oklahoma City have been reviewing Governor Stitt’s March 24 executive orders and believe they are functionally the same as ‘Shelter in Place’ orders in other American cities,” Holt said in the press release. 


“However, because that terminology was not used, there has been concern that the effectiveness of the executive orders in reducing COVID-19 transmission has been affected.” 


On Saturday, Oklahoma had 377 positive cases of COVID-19, up more than 50 cases from the day before.


Oklahoma County had 107 of those cases and three of the state’s 15 deaths so far. 


The order was recommended by the Mayor’s COVID-19 Public Health Advisory Group, which includes multiple doctors from the Oklahoma City County Health Department and the president of Integris Health. 


Grocery shopping, a doctor’s visit, picking up medicine, getting gas, ordering food from takeout or drive-thru service and outdoor exercise are all listed exceptions. 


Other exceptions include working in an essential job, checking on a family member or close friend in need, donating at blood drives and volunteering at food banks. 


“You don’t need special ID or a permit,” according to the release. “Police aren’t asking people to prove why they’re outside their home.” 


Staff are allowed on site at closed non-essential businesses for basic and faith-based sites to record services, the release says. 


“You can call 911 if you have specific information about someone violating the order,” the release states. “Police may investigate. Officers will ask for voluntary compliance but may use discretion to issue citations if necessary.”


For more information, go to www.covid19.okc.gov

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Kayla Branch

Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019. Read more ›

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